At some point in the near future, some of you are going to find out who the real James Reimer is. I wrote a post not too long ago about Reimer’s upside and long-term projections and made it clear that I have a great deal of faith in Reimer’s future with the Leafs. Not only does he give the team stable and consistent goaltending, he’s capable of stealing games.
So at what point does the rest of the fan-base follow suit and believe?
You see, this is a fan-base that has severe trust issues. After several turbulent years using such goaltenders as he-who-shall-not-be-named, Jonas ‘Sieve’ Gustavsson, and Andrew ‘I-had-37-wins-in-a-season-once’ Raycroft, it’s been difficult for the fan-base to see anyone not named Quick, Rask, or Lundqvist to be a quality goaltender.
And a quality goaltender is exactly what Reimer is.
And to be honest, I think he’s got the make-up, athleticism, and ambition to be a franchise goaltender.
With Reimer, it’s difficult to find a major flaw in his game-to-game play because he’s consistently good and shows signs of a big leap forward. If there is a criticism, it’s that he cannot stay healthy consistently. Since his first game with the Red Deer Rebels to today, Reimer has only played a full season twice. He has also struggled to bounce back from the lingering effects of a concussion last year. This year, he sprained his knee and was missed for two weeks.
Reimer also has the propensity to give up an inordinate number of rebounds, although this effect is likely due to adapting to a new defensive system with an emphasis on having his defense clear the front of the net of bodies and pucks. However, I think it’s safe to say that he’s far away from his prime years and will likely improve in this area.
Another criticism is that he struggles in the super stupid special skills games known as the shootout. However, this isn’t entirely fair as Tyler Bozak was the ONLY player who scored in the shootout all season. Thankfully, this super stupid special skills thing is for the regular season only.
Reimer’s season started on the bench. By February, he was starting just about every game and winning them. Reimer finished 8th overall in save percentage, 10th overall in GAA among goaltenders with 30 games started or more, 11th in wins, and showed a consistent disregard for allowing pucks in the net when his team was down a man or two. Because of Reimer’s yeoman work in net, the Leafs finished 2nd overall in penalty-killing prowess, a remarkable change after several seasons at or near the bottom under Rotten Ronnie’s regime.
Reimer was an absolute stud in the playoffs, having given up one ugly goal throughout the series against Boston. Games 5 and 6 highlighted an important detail for the Leafs – Reimer can steal games and he doesn’t give a fuck of whatever pressure is thrown at him.
Although the stats bear out that he had a GAA of 2.88 and a save percentage of .923, Reimer faced 272 shots over the course of a series that included two overtimes, several ugly defensive lapses by the Leafs defense, and Boston’s incredible comeback, Reimer was the key reason the Leafs were able to come back from a 3-1 series deficit and make a round of it. Without Reimer’s stud-like performance, the Leafs would not have made the playoffs and more importantly, they would have missed an opportunity to give this fan-base a much needed shot in the arm.
Because of Reimer’s franchise goaltender like season and his impressive performance in the playoffs, I have elected to give him a perfect 10 out of 10 for his efforts.
Reimer’s toe save on Bergeron:
Reimer’s shut-out against the Devils, including a huge pad save on Elias:
Reimer’s two incredible saves, including a diving stick save on Bergeron:
Reimer’s big save on Jagr with seconds left in Game 5:
That’s the real James Reimer, and it’s time for you to rate!
Noooooooooo, I know I'm late. But what the fuuuck Komo???
Going into the finals I'm sure right now the Bruins would trade Seguin, Hamilton plus to have Kessel in their lineup.
DOes this Komorov rumour have any validity or is it just drunk talk from some guy who knows a guy in Estonia.
And we're listening to Damien F... Cocks because? According to him, none of Reims, JVR, Kadri or Jake are core material or at least not proven yet. So now we're going to go back to 2009 when we drafted Kadri and this time take Monahan. And pray tell Damien, Monahan is a sure thing core piece because why? He's back to being in my moron books. Kadri is now reaching his potential and during the playoffs Jake showed he's back. I'm not trading a sure thing like Jake for another potential player that might be 3 years away from contributing.
If Komarov has really signed with Dynamo, it makes me want Boyd Gordon even more.
Not that they are similar players at all, but I would love a Gordon/McClement/Orr fourth line.
@canuckintheuk Thats Cox stirring the pot. Other than Chara, Keith maybe Doughty, who had a bigger role on their teams success in the playoffs this season than Gardiner.
Not Subban, Letang or Karlson. I dont see him going anywhere
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Great tune , great PMD
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Great tune!
He was a huge fan favourite over there. Made good money with Dynamo. He probably lost a lot of cash coming over here last year because the lockout cut the season in half. Almost a third of his salary with the leafs was based on bonuses so im not sure how he could have collected on those in just 48 games. And when he was with the Marlies his annual salary was $65,000.
It if does happen and we replace him with Gordan who is cheaper and can play centre it'll actually work out better anyways. I like Leo as much as anyone but at the end of the day he's an energy 4th liner. Not the end of the world.
@mcloki Etched in stone. Its reported on Hockey Buzz
@Knights2Leafs Waiting for development is a reason why the Oilers may be willing to move their pick. Management and fans are tired of missing the playoffs ( sound familiar) Another top 10 pick doesn't fill any holes this October
@Knights2Leafs Who even pays attention to this absurdity? What gm in their right mind would trade Jake the snake for a pick, not even inside the top 5. I'll live with the 21 pick– then sit back and enjoy the Silver stick.
@Knights2Leafs good post
@.JVR. Makes sense in the regard that Gordon is a good center man and we could use some more help on the draws.
@Zep2 Lets see if they can keep it going
@Pent_House So who's picks are those? i know 7 is EDM
I like Monahan, but I think drafting him 4th or 5th would be too early.
@Pent_House Gunnerson and our 1st to Edmonton do it
@Xxxxxnew but the NHL, the lure of playing in the greatest hockey league in the world, and with the most popular team in the League!! It's just too bad.
That's all from a Toronto fan's point of perspective though, not players. Look at all the Toronto NHL guys who think the same as Komo does, they never even have Toronto on their radar when the become free agents.
Johnson induced a groundout, still 4-2.
I was thinking the exact same thing when I read that and we really don't have much time to get that replacement, with the draft happening 3 weeks from now.
Any chance they'd be interested in one of our defense prospects instead?
We've got an abundance of them and Eakins knows alot about them. Perhaps they'd take somebody like Holzer, Blacker, Percy and Finn along with our 1st, although I don't think that'd be nearly enough.